Photo of Xiaolong in a razed shikumen just south of Xiantiandi in Shanghai.|
Born in Shanghai, Qiu Xiaolong , a noted poet, novelist and translator, earned his first MA in Beijing, and published poetry, translations and criticism in Chinese as a member of the Chinese Writers’ Association, at the Academy of Social Sciences. After Tiananmen tragedy in 1989 he has lived in the USA where he earned a Ph.D in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis in 1995. He chose Washington University due to his love of T. S. Elliot; Washington University was founded by T.S.'s grandfather.
In addition to a collection of poems in Mandarin called "Lines Around China," Qiu has written in English several highly acclaimed mystery novels set in modern-day Shanghai featuring Chief Inspector Chen, a politically savvy cop with a soft spot for poetry, the game of go and Chinese cuisine. Books in the Inspector Chen series include "Death of a Red Heroine" and "When Red is Black." The former received a 2001 Anthony Award for First Novel and was also named one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by National Public Radio. The latest installment in the Chen series, "A Case of Two Cities," was published in late 2006.
His works include:
A Loyal Character Dancer, Soho Press 2002
Death of a Red Heroine, Soho Press 2000
When Red Is Black, Soho Press 2004
A Case of Two Cities, St. Matin's Press
Treasury of Chinese Love Poems, Hippocrene Books, Inc. 2003
Poems of Tang and Song Dynasties, China Normal University Press, Shanghai, 2006 (A beautifully designed book! Unfortunately only available in China.)
Lines Around China